Officials say that three people have died and a house was evacuated after a single-engine plane heading to Florida crashed in north Georgia late Friday night.
According to the FAA, the crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. along Memorial Park Drive and Atlanta Highway near Gainesville, GA.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Dan Delonce, 44, of Gainesville, Georgia, Courtney Flanders, 45, of Gainesville, Georgia and Matthew Delonce, 39, of Ohio, were killed in the crash.
The FAA said in a statement that the flight took off from an airport in Gainesville and was en route to Daytona Beach, Florida.
“A single-engine Cessna 182 crashed about two miles northeast of the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Ga., around 6:10 p.m. local time yesterday. Preliminary information indicates three people were aboard. Please check with local authorities for the names and conditions of the occupants. The aircraft crashed shortly after departing from Gainesville on a planned flight to Daytona Beach. The FAA will release the tail number of the aircraft after investigators verify it at the accident site. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents,” said the FAA’s statement.
We will update this story if more details are released from the FAA.